01 June 2017

Photo taken during our site visit yesterday

Work has begun on a £5.4 million research facility at the University of Nottingham which is set to be one of the most energy efficient buildings of its type in the UK.

BWB have delivered civil and structural engineering services, drainage strategies and ground investigations for the new Research Acceleration and Demonstration (RAD) Building which is located on the University’s Jubilee campus. The state-of-the-art building is unique in that it will be one of the first research constructions to combine the rigorous sustainability standards of BREEAM with the principles of the German Passivhaus system, which measures comfort alongside energy efficiency.

The RAD building will include laboratory space for research ranging from harvesting and storing wind energy, to the development of new materials for hydrogen storage. In addition to this, there will behigh quality single and multiple occupancy offices, technical support bases and a central atrium with breakout spaces.

BWB’s lead engineer on the project, Paul Biddles, said: "We are proud to be working with the University of Nottingham on this innovative and unique project. It has been fantastic to see the building starting to take shape when I visited the site yesterday."

The project is expected to be completed early next year.